Green belt home rejected with little weight to fallback

The replacement of a showman's existing vans with a three-bedroom dwelling in the green belt around a Yorkshire city was denied permission by an inspector.

The appeal site lay within green belt open countryside and benefitted from permission for its use as a travelling showperson’s site, comprising four showman’s vans and a yard for storing fairground rides and equipment.

The appellant argued a fallback position of replacing two smaller vans with much more substantial vans, given that the permission did not limit the size of the vans permitted to be stationed on the site. However, in the inspector’s opinion, even if this were to occur, the decrease in openness and increase in encroachment on the green belt would still be less than the impact of the proposed dwelling. Giving this claimed fallback only limited weight and no other reason to outweigh the substantial harm to the green belt that she had identified, she dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: Elaine Worthington; Hearing

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